The Piddle Valley Neighbourhood Plan is going through its final consultation with both local residents and the statutory consultees before it gets submitted to the District Council.
The plan covers a number of issues that local residents
thought were important – trying to balance the need for the area to have some
growth, particularly affordable housing for local people, but not of a scale or
type that will damage the beauty and attractiveness of the valley. Another key issue affecting some local people
has been flooding, so the plan tries to go one step further to make sure that
development does not make the flooding situation worse.
The neighbourhood plan group has worked hard to listen to
the opinions of local residents in pulling together the proposals in the plan,
and has made a number of changes along the way, in terms of the sites that have
been chosen that the way the new settlement boundaries have been drawn up.
They hope that the referendum will be given the
go-ahead by next Spring. For more information on the plan and process, visit their website.